A Australian A teenager is in a coma after being run over by an escaped whale on a family fishing trip, according to a report.
The freak encounter happened on Sunday as the 18-year-old, identified as Nick, and his 39-year-old stepfather Matt were fishing from their boat off the coast of Narooma in New South Wales, 7News reported.
The impact left Nick with a broken neck and serious head injuries, according to the report.
Her stepfather suffered a concussion and cuts to his face, but managed to bring the damaged boat back to shore.
Nick is in a coma at the Canberra hospital.
The duo were “doing what they love” when tragedy struck, according to a GoFundMe page set up by a family friend to help cover medical bills.
“One freak accident changed the course of their lives forever. They had no warning and no idea the whale was nearby,” the page read.
The family said they expected Nick to be hospitalized for an extended period, according to a statement obtained by 7News.
“Nick is a strong young man, and he fights hard,” the family said.